We decided to do a character developing exercise to start us off so we could get a better understanding of who they are and what their purpose in the story is. This may seem strange to do when the characters are so far from ‘naturalistic’ but from what I have learnt recently is that no matter what the style or significance of the character in a piece it is always beneficial and crucial to know your character inside and out in order to portray it properly to an audience. This is an exercise some of us had done i the past when working on a complex and character driven play ‘A Flea In Her Ear’ as a way of externally visualising our character as a caricature and see the features of them and then try and become that and envision that when becoming the character. Josh used this strategy a great deal during the rehearsal process for ‘Flea’ and now uses it in most performances and so we all decided to do it as a way of us all getting a better understanding for each others characters as well as character development.
ISOBELLA – MYSELF
THE ‘DOG-TECTIVE’ – HARRY
THE EVIL SHAPE COLLECTOR – JOSH
THE STUPID SIDEKICK – DAYTONA
THE GRANNY – LEAH
I also took it upon myself to post images, videos and fictional characters or real people who reminded me of the types of characters I had in mind when I first imagined the idea or ideas that had sparked during the process so far. As a performer I find that using inspiration from pre existing characters or people is a really useful technique to practice as it helps build an image in your mind when acting and building the background to the character but also allows you to watch the quirks, body language and voice type of the person and then use this for your own performance.
For Harry’s dog character I shared the following media as inspiration:
Daytona – Evil Sidekick
Josh – The Evil Shape Collector
Leah – Granny